A number of conditions related to pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness can often be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- more commonly known as NSAIDs. For example, NSAIDs are often used for symptoms of arthritis, headaches, and tendonitis. They can also be used for temporary fever relief.
Some of the more commonly used NSAIDs include:
- Aspirin (Ecotrin®, Bayer®, Anacin®)
- Ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Nuprin®)
- Naproxen (Aleve®, Anaprox®, Naprelan®).
These drugs are thought to work by inhibiting the action of prostaglandins, certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
(For a more detailed list of the products belonging to this class of drugs, as well as why some people need to avoid them, click NSAIDs.)